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From Heard to Porter, Texas’ roster features a handful of state champions

Posted December 18th, 2017

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This week, two future Longhorns will head to Arlington’s AT&T Stadium in search of a state championship.

On Friday morning, running back Keaontay Ingram and the Carthage Bulldogs are set to meet Kennedale in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A, Division I championship game. The following day, kicker Cameron Dicker and his Lake Travis teammates will battle Allen in the Class 6A, Division I finale.

Dicker and Ingram are both members of Texas’ 2018 recruiting class.

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Regardless of what happens this week, Dicker and Ingram will exit high school with state championships on their resumes since their schools both won tiles last season. They, however, won’t be the only players with championship rings on UT’s roster in 2018.

Among the Longhorns’ in-state products, graduate transfer Kaleb Smith (2012) and freshman Max Cummins (2016) also won Southwest Preparatory Conference championships at Fort Worth All Saints’ Episcopal. Here, though, is a look at six other Longhorns who won a UIL title in high school:

Denton Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard slips by Georgetown defender Matt Sanchez during the 2012 Class 4A, Division I championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman)

WR Jerrod Heard (2012 Denton Guyer, 2013 Denton Guyer)

Heard got quite comfortable at AT&T Stadium during his junior and senior years. In 2012, Heard accounted for 332 yards of offense and seven touchdowns in a 48-37 win over Georgetown. The next year, the Wildcats’ quarterback won another Class 4A, Division I championship when he totaled three touchdowns in a 31-14 upending of San Antonio Brennan.

CB Kris Boyd (2014 Gilmer)

Boyd leads Texas this year with his 14 pass break-ups, but he was an offensive standout in Gilmer’s 35-25 win over West Orange-Stark in the 2014 Class 4A, Division II title game. Boyd ran 19 times for 84 yards and a touchdown, and he turned four catches into 61 receiving yards. Boyd also compiled five tackles and an interception.

LB Demarco Boyd (2014 Gilmer)

The Boyd brothers both had a big day at AT&T Stadium in 2014. Demarco Boyd logged 4.5 tackles and a sack. Boyd was named the game’s defensive MVP. His defense cooled off a Mustang offense that had been scoring 43.2 points per game in the playoffs.

The Katy sideline erupts as Kyle Porter heads to the end zone for the final score of the Class 6A, Division II championship game. Porter led Katy to a 34-7 win over Lake Travis at NRG Stadium in Houston on Dec. 19. 2015. (Jay Plotkin/for American-Statesman).

RB Kyle Porter (2012 Katy, 2015 Katy)

Porter was a no-brainer pick for the Offensive MVP award of the 2015 Class 6A, Division II championship contest. After running 35 times in a 34-7 rout of Lake Travis, he piled up 188 yards and three touchdowns. Porter was also a freshman on Katy’s roster when it beat Cedar Hill in the 2012 Class 5A, Division II title tilt.

LB John House (2016 Highland Park)

Before walking on at Texas, House helped lead Highland Park past Temple for last year’s Class 5A, Division I crown. House compiled three tackles (one solo, four assisted) in a 16-7 triumph. House got his ring at the expense of Temple defensive lineman Ta’Quon Graham, who is now a freshman contributor at Texas.

Lake Travis’ Cade Brewer holds up the ball following a touchdown catch in the 2016 Class 6A, Division I championship game against The Woodlands. (Jay Plotkin/for American-Statesman)

TE Cade Brewer (2016 Lake Travis)

Brewer recorded a match-high seven catches in the 2016 Class 6A, Division I championship game. He also contributed 76 receiving yards, and a 19-yard catch accounted for one of the six touchdowns scored by Lake Travis in a 41-13 win over The Woodlands. In that 28-point win, Lake Travis also got five points off Dicker’s foot.

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